There are many types of end-users of ocean and coastal observations, including data users such as scientists, ocean synthesis and forecast systems, and seasonal and long-term climate forecasts and projections, and information service users such as civil protection authorities, regulators, industry, policy makers and recreational users. Ocean and coastal observations also feed into Conventions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as Assessments such as those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Ocean Assessment, and monitoring of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
GEO Blue Planet Working Group
GEO Blue Planet has a users and networks working group that evaluates various feedback and early-input mechanisms between data and information providers and various user communities. User groups expected to benefit from this component include the ocean observing community, scientists and the users of ocean observation information. The activities of this working group are expected to add value by:
- Creating an improved understanding of the potential beneficiaries of ocean observations
- Improving the mutually beneficial relationship between the ocean observing community, intermediary organisations and users of observation-derived products, information and knowledge
- Improving the bidirectional feedback mechanisms between the ocean observation science community, decision- and policy-makers and society at large
- Reducing the cost and effort to delivering usable information by shortening the science to policy pathway
- Benefiting society by creating conditions that support better environmental decision-making
- Facilitating more effective and frequent use of ocean observation data in monitoring and implementation of critical international frameworks and policy goals
GEOSS User Requirement Registry - The GEOSS User Requirements Registry allows for the viewing, publishing, and analyzing of user needs in terms of Earth observations and related information.
JERICO-NEXT User Engagement Panel - The JERICO-NEXT program aims to to improve and innovate the cooperation in coastal observatories in Europe. The program's User Engagement Panel is intended to provide a communication channel with key stakeholder groups (e.g. public authorities, policy, research, education) and operational observing communities.